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Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, the Reserve harnesses modern technology, pioneered by D’Addario, to recreate the incomparable craftsmanship found in these legendary works of art. 

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Dented Flute

flute-dents1.jpgThis is a school flute,
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Thursday, 30 June 2005
flute-dents1.jpgThis is a school flute, that has over 67 dents, I stopped counting after that!! The action that caused the denting also left many of the tone holes out of round, posts and rods bent. Needless to say it doesn't play and very few of the keys even move.
Now the school has to buy a new flute for $350-600 even just buying the body would be over $150usd plus the cost of refitting, perhaps there is a better solution?
See what the flute looks like after $150 of work.
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First the dents were pushed out with a mandrel. Then I used dent hammers( though not on tapered parts of the tube), dent rollers and burnishers, finishing with buffing and washing.
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 June 2007 )

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Nobel Clarinet

Nobel_clarinet14041 Bb CLARINET, brushed hard rubber body for a wood-like sound and finish, wear resistant nickel plated keys, waterproof Valentino pads, French blue steel needle springs, genuine cork bumpers and tenons, bell ring, 65mm Moenig bore barrel, light case with back pack straps. The quasi-indestructible nature of Valentino pads render the Nobel completely airtight and fully resonant. A best choice for a sound investment. $495

 
Every clarinet is set up and play tested before sale, most stores do not do this. This clarinet has had some undercutting of higher tone holes and resetting of pad heights done for better pitch and tone.

The material, reverse taper barrel and design give this clarinet a more mature rich sound when compared to standard student clarinets costing hundreds more. I have played one in the orchestra for outdoor concerts. 

Alban Classical


Private performance April 14

PGSO April 21

Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30